CDU loses control of Baden Württemberg after 57 years
Angela Merkel’s CDU were defeated yesterday (Sunday 27th March 2011) in two state elections.
In Baden Württemberg the CDU dropped from 44.2% in 2006 to just 39% whilst their coalition partners the Free Democrats (FDP) fell from 10.7% in 2006 to just 5.3%.
This gives the coalition partners 43%, short of the combined poll of the opposition Social Democratic Party (SPD) and Greens who took a combined 48.5% of the vote.
The SPD fell back slightly to 24.3% from 25.2% in 2006, whilst the Greens soared to 24.2% from 11.7% in 2006.
The SPD/Green coalition is likely to take a total of 71 seats in the 138 seat state parliament.
Although this was a bad defeat for Angela Merkel and the CDU led national government, there were local factors involved as well as the Japan inspired debate over nuclear power.
In the second election of the day, the traditionally SPD state of Rhineland Palatinate, the CDU fared better by increasing their vote slightly from 32.8% in 2006 to 35.2% yesterday.
The SPD dropped from 45.6% in 2006 to 35.7% whilst the Greens did well in this second state moving up from 4.6% of the vote in 2006 to 15.4% yesterday. The new state government is likely to be a SPD/Green coalition.